Automatic Control Systems

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Automatic Control Systems
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Course Description: 

This is an introductory course to dynamic systems and their control methodology. The course presents the fundamental elements of modelling the natural dynamic systems and the necessary mathematical background (Laplace transform, solvers of differential equations). The course explains the transfer function and the systems analysis in the complex plane and aims to provide methods for studying the response characteristics of 1st and 2nd order systems. The course presents and applies various techniques for studying the stability of linear systems and the synthesis of simple process control systems. Finally, the course involves the analysis of linear systems response in time domain, in Laplace domain and the frequency domain.

Class schedule: 
Δευτέρα 12:00 - 15:00, Μεγάλη Αίθουσα Καρραδείου
Assessment methods: 


The final mark is based on:

Ι. Submission of solved problems, which is mandatory (20%) - 5 sets of problems will be given during the course (one per 2 teaching sessions)

ΙΙ. Two short tests – 1 hour duration (30%) – they will be performed in sessions 6 and 12.

ΙΙΙ. The final exam (50%).

At the final exam of January, each student can choose and declare whether he/she would like to follow the above mentioned method or the final exam will contribute at 80% and the solbved problems at 20%. This choice is valid for both exam periods.

Recommended Reading:


The course will be based on the textbook Introduction to Process Control (theory and applications) by Nikolaos J. Krikelis, 3rd edition, 2000, Athens

Other recommended books:

  • Richard C. Dorf and Roberto H. Bishop, Modern Process Control Systems, 9th edition, 2008, Tziolas Publ., Thessaloniki.
  • B. Kuo, Automatic Control Systems, Ed. 7, 1995, Prentice Hall.
  • K. Ogata, Modern Control Engineering, Prentice Hall, 2000.